SA Young Scientists Summer Programme


Applications are now open for the 2014-2015 Southern African Young Scientists Summer Programme (SA-YSSP). Now in its third year and organized by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and South African Partners, this three months research training programme will bring together talented young researchers to work with scientists from South Africa and IIASA.

The programme will take place from 2nd November 2014-31st January, 2015 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Participants will work on a collaborative research project jointly advised by IIASA and South African senior researchers.


  • The SA-YSSP provides a unique opportunity for academic and personal growth, bringing participants in contact with an international group of young scientists and faculty in a collaborative environment.
  • Participants receive accommodation and meals for the duration of the SA-YSSP programme, inclusive of an honorarium to cover other living costs. Participants from South Africa and from other countries of the Southern African Development Community additional receive coverage for their travel expenses.
  • Collaborate with IIASA and South African Scientists on a project relevant to the participant’s research
  • Contribute to collaborative research by senior advisors.
  • Broaden their research into interdisciplinary and trans-boundary research relevant to national, regional, and global needs.
  • Publish their research in collaboration with IIASA and South African Scientists.
  • Gain exposure to international research through interaction with national and international experts taking part in programme supervision and the seminar series.
  • Build international, interdisciplinary collaborations with programme advisors and other programmes participants.


  • The SA-YSSP is PhD students from South Africa, sub-Saharan African countries, and other IIASA member countries are eligible to apply.
  • Current registration for a doctoral programme
  • Ability to work independently and to interact with other scientists
  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate in a scientific environment
  • Willingness to participate in a range of interdisciplinary scientific activities
  • Commitment to completing the SA-YSSP research by submitting a resultant manuscript to an international scientific journal.

DEADLINE: 3rd August, 2014

To apply and for more information visit here